Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 in Review

2012 in Review
2012 has been a good year.  

January - April - We brought in the New Year at home.  We also started the year out with a diet (the soup diet) which went really well.  I lost 20lbs of pesky baby weight.  I joined a training group for the TC10km, and got myself in some really good shape.  Unfortunately injury took over and I was not able to finish the race I had been training for. You can recap my race day at the big race day blog .  I tried several times to get myself back into the routine, but failed every time. 

March - we went to Mt Washington with our friends from baby group.  Avery's first trip to the snow.  What a great adventure that was.  I got back on my snowboard, my husband got to enjoy his first trip to the mountains, and Avery got to play with her buddies.

March-April - Granny and Grandpa came to visit us.  They took Avery away to Sidney for a night, so we got some peace and quiet.  It was strange, I am always so ready for her to come back home.  They spent Easter with us, and we had an early 1st Birthday party for Avery with a few close friends.

April - Avery turned 1. That was a great party!  We celebrated at Boston Pizza with friends, and had a big party for Avery at Tumblebums.  I made her an amazing birthday cake.  You can recap, or just look at pictures of her cake details with Avery's 1st Birthday Blog

May - I went back to work!  I survived.  I was only going 2 days a week, but it turned into a few hours a day. It wasn't too bad.  I enjoyed being back in the saddle and having a little piece of myself back.  Avery loved going to spend time with her baby BFF.

June - I decorated my first wedding cake over the summer, and I actually got paid for doing it.  I don't think I ever wrote a blog about the cake. Once again it was a great learning adventure!

June- August - Our biggest adventure of 2012 was moving.  Over the summer we decided to pack up our bags and move "home"(for me) to St Albert.  Wow what a huge transition.  We put our condo on the market, visited St Albert, and put an offer in on our house subject to the sale of our condo.  Well our condo never sold, and the sellers accepted another offer.  At the last minute Avery and I decided we would visit Granny and Grandpa in England and daddy could pack and move us.  I had amazing friends that came and helped pack up 85% of our house, the next day we left.  We had an amazing 3 weeks visiting friends, family and just relaxing.  We got back to Canada and arrived in Calgary.  We headed up to St Albert because I started work in 3 days.

September - Avery went to a day home full time, and I started work full time. A big transition for all of us.  Work went/is going well.  Avery only lasted a month at her day home before we had to find somewhere new for her. Even though it was "not about Avery," as a parent it was hard not to take it personally.  It was even harder for me to put her somewhere else.  I decided she would only go part time to start.  We found her a great home, where she loves, and she is loved back.  Its a good fit for her. 

October- Avery started gymnastics, we got our first snowfall, and spent Thanksgiving with friends that are family!  I started my 30 day Eat By Design Challenge
Granny came to stay with us, and help take care of Avery.  Grandpa G came to stay for a few days. I found another home I love and put in another offer "subject to the sale of my condo."  Fingers crossed and prayers said.  P and I went to Calgary for 2 nights (my longest ever away from Avery).  I was attending the ACSLPA conference.  1 out of 2 days of the conference I really enjoyed.

November - Daddy left for Nigeria.  Ave did really well with Granny.  The crafted, they played, they sang.  A good time by both!  We finally got a 2nd car (much needed here in AB) especially with me working full time!
My very own 2011 Limited Ford Explorer!!

December - wooooo hooooo!! a good month for us!  Daddy came home from Nigeria (sadly Granny had to go home) BUT.... the condo FINALLY sold, and we got our new house!  Yippee!!!

Christmas was a lovely time with Family and friends, we were blessed with a new addition to the family two days after Christmas, so we will be looking forward to meeting Avery's newest cousin. 

Now we are getting to start the New Year.  We move January 6, so 2013 is looking to be starting on a good foot.

I hope you all can look back on your 2012 and smile with many happy memories. I feel very blessed to have had such a great year!

Take care for now,


1 comment:

  1. Another great post, Joanna! BTW...I've nominated you for a Liebster Award-check out my latest blog post about for all the cool details. You're awesome!